Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting #40 – May 6, 2011


1.   The meeting was called to order at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 6, 2011 in the PresidentÕs Conference Room in Green Hall, Chairperson Eaton presiding.  All members were present.


2.  Draft Minutes from FSEC Meeting #38 were discussed.  Ms Grubman agreed to make revisions and forward the revised draft to the FSEC for approval.  Subsequent to the meeting the Minutes from Meeting #38, April 22, 2011 were approved pending review by the Provost.


3.  Announcements and Correspondence:


a.   Chairperson Eaton reported on the May 2, 2011 meeting of the Board of Governors.  She informed the Executive Committee that the Board had approved the proposed tuition increase.  Also approved at the meeting was the B.S. Degree in Health Services.  The second track in Classics was accepted as an informational item.


b.   Chairperson Eaton and Vice Chairperson Larsen reported that President Dooley had indicated that he planned to approve all of the legislation forwarded to him after the April 21 Faculty Senate Meeting.  With regard to Senate Bill #10-11—23, the President would stipulate that the effective date for implementation of the Drop Period is no sooner than Fall 2012.


c.   The Executive Committee discussed correspondence they had received with regard to the procedure for Senator elections.  They considered the possibility of asking the outgoing Senators to manage their college elections under circumstances where faculty-run elections were not part of current practice.


      d.   Senator Barbour said that as Chair of the JCAP Subcommittee on NEASC, she was looking for suggestions from the FSEC for the 2012 NEASC Review. The Executive Committee suggested the names of faculty who might be willing to participate.


            e.   The Executive Committee discussed correspondence they had received from Mr. Russell Kolton, Director of Publications, following their meeting on April 29.  The Executive Committee agreed that a goal to publish URIÕs Catalog exclusively online was reasonable but that some paper copies of the catalog should be available to students and faculty advisors during a transition. 

                  Chairperson Eaton was asked to contact Provost De Hayes, as well as Mr. Kolton, about the need to resolve some concerns before completely eliminating a printed catalog.


f.    Senator Honhart reported that the advising committee that he was co-chairing with Dean Richmond had already held two meetings and planned for subcommittees to continue to meet during the summer.


4.   The Executive Committee reviewed a draft Agenda for the May 12 Faculty Senate Meeting and approved it in final form.



5.   The Executive Committee discussed the first Forum on General Education, which had been held the previous afternoon.  They agreed that there had been a larger number of faculty members attending than expected and that Professor Hicks had done a very good job of encouraging participation.


Chairperson Eaton thanked everyone for their wisdom and support during the spring semester and declared the meeting adjourned.


The meeting adjourned at 12:30 p.m. for a small reception to which the ProvostÕs staff and other persons in Green Hall were invited.


Respectfully submitted,


Sheila Black Grubman